In a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports in September 2020, researchers confirmed the parasympathetic nervous system, which relieves the body’s fight or flight response, is physically and psychologically regenerative and is especially activated through massage therapy.
Basically, we all thought massage encourages relaxation and that relaxing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, but these researchers set out to scientifically prove it. continue reading
A staggering number of Americans experience chronic low back pain at some point in their lives, and then spend billions of dollars a year trying to relieve that discomfort.
If you’ve been able to work from home during the pandemic, you’ve probably spent your fair share of time trying to figure out how to set up an office space that doesn’t wreak havoc on your lower spine. And if you’re someone who works on your feet all day, perhaps you’ve experienced some form of low back pain throughout your career. Unfortunately, you’re not alone. continue reading
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The first research that looked at the positive effects of massage for preterm babies was conducted back in 1964. Since that time, dozens of studies have confirmed massage is a great complementary technique for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
For mothers whose babies are born preterm, there is perhaps nothing more stressful than watching, hoping and waiting for the day they can finally take their baby home. Research shows it is not uncommon for parents to experience high psychological stress, including feelings of helplessness, if their baby is born preterm. continue reading
A massage is generally thought of as a relaxing and pleasurable experience. And anybody who has experienced the euphoria of a really good massage, you know that you get off the table feeling completely at peace with the world and incandescently happy. Your massage therapist reminds you to take it easy for the rest of the day and drink plenty of water. And while you may hear the words, you may not take the words to heart and then you go on about your day as normal. Then something happens as you sleep that night. When you wake up the next morning, your muscles are sore and you start to wonder if your massage therapist jacked something up. continue reading
Circadian rhythms, also known as your internal clock, operate on a 24 hour cycle and influence everything that your body goes through on a daily basis. From optimal digestion to sleep, circadian rhythms play a crucial role. The circadian rhythms are regulated by a group of nerves known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which is located in the hypothalamus of the brain. This nucleus of nerves responds to environmental cues like sunlight and darkness. This triggers the release of hormones that regulate everything from body temperature to metabolism. continue reading